Halls Creek and surrounds
14.04.2014 - 14.04.2014 31 °C
What a fantastic day we had today. We drove SE and visited Caroline Pool, Old Halls Creek, Palm Springs, and Sawpit Gorge. We attempted to find the “Old Stone House” but after following a rough 4X4 track for 12 KM, we turned back. We later determined we should have gone another 2KM.
Caroline Pool was great, an all year pool, and popular with campers, and easily accessed to the waters edge. Took plenty of pics. 24 hour camping is permitted here.
Old Halls Creek was interesting too. Little of the original infrastructure still exists and there is some activity there. If anyone wanted to “drop out” of society, this is the place to be. Part of the original mud post office still exists and is now undercover to preserve it. Old Halls Creek was where gold was first discovered in WA and there is a monument utilisingthe original shaft. David Carnegie also passed through Old Halls Creek in 1892 while on one of his expeditions.
Palm Springs is located on the Black Elvire River. It is a very attractive picnic spot.
Sawpit Gorge is fantastic and was the highlight of the day. From the carpark one can drive down a steep track into the river bed and cross to the picnic area. It is not dangerous if you are careful with the descent. During the descent someone in my vehicle was having kittens and palpitations.
The river is not deep at the crossing but past the crossing it is deep enough for swimming. The river is overlooked by a high rock cliff on one side with trees and shade plentiful opposite.
After lunch and having taken many pics we packed up to leave. At this time the same person was getting excited about how we would be getting up the steel bank, to leave. Obviously we made it.
On the way back we stopped in at “China Wall”. China Wall is an expose quartz reef which in some places is as high as 6M. Quite spectacular and unusual.